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    Previously a Shuttle Operator at Coast Mountain Bus Company! Now a ConventionalMan! Playing with the big toys!

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  1. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    That's what I mean by the dangers. I understand their caution but there has to be a better way than COMPLETELY closing the bridge. Prioritizing transit is great in theory but in fact NO one was going ANYwhere. There aren't enough lanes to move all that traffic in a different direction. Bus lanes would be awesome but where would you put them? Reducing an already crowded highway to less lanes to open one for buses seems to me like it would make things worse.How can it be done efficiently? It's a tough problem.
  2. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Long and stressful indeed. Someone really needs to look at the whole picture and the ramifications of closing that bridge. I get the inherent dangers of ice falling but it seems so blown out of proportion this year. Maybe it's my imagination. I was doing a 410 to 22nd and was only -6 when I got to Westminster and Fraserwood. By the time I reached 22nd, I was 2 hours and 40 minutes late. Several people got off and walked from the 91 interchange all the way to the station. Some people couldn't walk, so were forced to wait it out in traffic. One person got off the bus for a smoke break. By the time he was done, I hadn't even moved. Another got off on Ewen, walked the block to the convenience store and got back on 10 min later with his dinner. I hadn't passed the store yet. Apparently they were short-turning buses in Richmond just to get stuck in the mess again. Add to that, the rail arms at Cambie and Shell were stuck for around 2 hours about the same time or a little later and the 410 was a total loss for the afternoon. It was brutal. Every single alternate route was completely hooped. Someone definitely misjudged the impact of closing it on a weekday afternoon.
  3. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    In my travels yesterday afternoon and evening (from about 2-10:30pm), the only place that seemed to have ANY semblance of clear roads was New West (except for a short stretch of Sixth). Burnaby = Horrible everywhere, especially doing the 134/136. I thought bus routes were a priority but nothing was done over several hours. On my way home it was even worse. It took over an hour when normally it's around 25 min. And I was lucky not to get stuck like many vehicles I passed. Delta = Brutal. The southbound approach to the Alex Fraser bridge was nearly impassable as was the interchange leading to it. The condition of Highway 17 was not much better. Surrey = Miserable. Highway 17 was a skating rink/snowdrift right through to Hwy 1. Highway 1 was just as bad, surprisingly covered in deep snow even with constant traffic all the way to Langley. Langley = Terrible. Highway 1 continued to be super snowy/slushy and dangerous and difficult to keep in a straight line even at 30-40 km/h. North Langley main roads, 200th, 88th just awful. Add to that, the idiots who feel that their vehicles make them invincible in the snow, impatiently weaving and passing everyone and it was just a stressful driving night all around (on top of the pissed off passengers using us as a punching bag, but that's a story for another topic) and I was wiped when I got home. I do get resources are stretched but it was ridiculous. And now I read that the Alex Fraser bridge is closed due to more "ice bombs". Wow.
  4. 2015 60' Articulated Bus Order (Diesel or Diesel/Electric Hyrbid)

    I counted at least 6 new artics on my way past Cullen tonight, plus some more XN40's
  5. Collisions and Incidents thread

  6. Random Photos - Vancouver and area

    Kinda eerie, end-of-days sort of look to that shot! Cool. I took one the other night of my bus all by it's lonesome there. I expected tumbleweeds rolling by. Don't see 22nd deserted like that very often.
  7. 2016 Skytrain Expansion

    I'm wondering if the problem train (trains?) timed out from people holding the doors open. With so many at the platforms trying to figure out their new commute, perhaps others are just trying to be "helpful". It doesn't take long to time out the train by holding the doors and then it screws everything else up. I don't know how many times I've had to stop people from doing that so we don't get stuck...
  8. 2014(-2017) Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    I will try. I see them as I drive by on the freeway on my way to work. I live close by but I can't really get into the yard close enough. They don't like random people wandering around it seems lol. Yeah unfortunately I can't get close enough to see the unit numbers so I can't tell how many have really arrived. But for a fact, at least 3 or 4 have been here a while now.
  9. 2014(-2017) Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    More (?) XN40's at Cullen. Counted 6 yesterday. They must be close to having the TMAC/DCU/Fareboxes installed. I'd be keeping a lookout at HTC for them. The first ones have been here several weeks now.
  10. Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    As far as I'm aware, shuttle was up and running the first day of the sheet at HTC just like everyone else. The shuttles were there, the ops were there and the office was staffed!
  11. Hamilton Transit Centre

    Maybe a 100 short turned in a convenient loop?
  12. 2014(-2017) Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    There were a couple as of a week or 2 ago, but I don't see them now!
  13. 2014(-2017) Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    The XN's? I've seen 5 (together) at Cullen so far... but then they have started to rotate through the lot and I can't get close enough to see the numbers on them, so it could be more.
  14. Vancouver: T-Comm "E-Sightings"

    One of the main reasons is that the suburban buses are designed to operate at (generally) highway speeds. It is much more dangerous to have standees at high speeds than at stop and go city speeds... or so the theory goes. I personally feel that much nastier stuff can happen on the mean streets of the city.
  15. 2016 Skytrain Expansion

    I wonder if he was told this date in confidence or whatever, wasn't made clear to keep it quiet and inadvertently let it slip. I mean, he did go on to mention the stuff about all of the training going on between Transit Police and Port Moody Police. It kind of sounds like a backpedal, like he knew the date but then after he spilled the beans he was made aware that he wasn't supposed to say anything yet. Stole some announcement thunder? lol